Jacques Brunel replaces sacked Guy Noves as national boss


Noves only took over the reins as Les Bleus coach following the culmination of the 2015 World Cup, but he struggled to find consistency during his two-year tenure, winning just seven of his 21 Tests in charge.

Guy Noves has been sacked as France coach and replaced by Jacques Brunel, the French Rugby Federation has announced. The 63-year-old has left his role with Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles to take up the position, with his contract taking him through to the 2019 World Cup.

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France lost all three matches on their tour of South Africa in June and failed to win any of their November Tests - a hugely disappointing 23-23 draw with Japan following defeats to New Zealand and the Springboks.

"We have to go back to the simple things", added Brunel with the Six Nations opener against Ireland just five weeks away. I know the difficulties of being a coach.

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Laporte said coaches from the Top 14 will be called upon to help out the national team. He is able to assume this responsibility which is not an easy one.

Brunel was once ex France boss Laporte's right-hand man as forwards coach from 2001-2007.

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He won the Top 14 title with Perpignan in 2009, and was in charge of the Italian national team from 2011 until 2016, when he returned to the Top 14 to coach Bordeaux-Bègles.